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“To write the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you” (Philippians 3:1).
“Now, students, as I was saying…”
Congregation - Time…
“Some of you in the congregation have heard me tell of the time…”
Series - Steps - Perfect - Church - Let
“We’re in a series on “Steps to Finding the Perfect Church.” Let’s begin by reviewing the first 153 principles which we covered last week…”
The effective pastor-teacher not only may repeat himself, but must. Good teaching involves something called spaced repetition. After saying something essential, the teacher goes on to something else or tells a story, then returns and repeats it, often making an additional point.
Audience - New - People - People - People
Your audience is always changing. New people arrive, people grow, people become more teachable than previously, people don’t always “get it” the first time through. So, you’re always repeating yourself.
If you’re wise—and you are—you will not bore your audience by a dull repetition of the previous message, but will find new ways to say the same thing.
Convenience - Sake - Lord - Hours - Disciples
For convenience sake, let’s say the Lord spent four hours with the disciples in the upper room that night. And let’s say He had four basic subjects to cover. Now, given such an assignment—four topics in four hours—the typical pastor would have spent an hour on each point. Not so our Lord.
They don’t call Him the Master Teacher for nothing.
Jesus - Strands - Evening
Jesus braided the four strands of His teaching together, returning to each one throughout the evening. Here they are:
–The coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave the disciples this in John 14:16-21 and 14:25-26, then picked up the theme again in 15:26 and 16:5-15.
Days - Theme - Discourse
–The uncertain days that lie ahead. This theme is woven throughout the discourse: 13:31ff. 14:1-6. 14:28-31. 15:18-27. 16:1-4 and 16:16-22. Mentioned also in 17:11,14-18.
–Necessity of staying close to the Lord in the future. Abiding in Him, Jesus called it. See this...
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